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The God of Small Things

Roy, Arundhati

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The God of Small Things
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Random House, Inc.
Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevokably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing “big things [that] lurk unsaid” in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.

Baker & Taylor
In 1969 India, Rahel and her twin brother Estha struggle to forge a childhood for themselves amid the destruction of their family and the discovery that the entire world can be transformed in a single moment.

Baker
& Taylor

In 1969 Kerala, India, Rahel and her twin brother, Estha, struggle to forge a childhood for themselves amid the destruction of their family life, as they discover that the entire world can be transformed in a single moment. Winner of the Booker Prize. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

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Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2008
ISBN: 9780812979657
0812979656
Branch Call Number: FIC R
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 21 cm.

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List - Hotter than NYC in August by: NYPLRecommends Jul 30, 2014

The story of twins Rahel and Estha, their family and life in the southernmost tip of India.


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Dec 08, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very visceral writing, and a very sad story

Dec 05, 2014
  • llongpine rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Plot moves very slowly. I couldn't get past page 19.

Nov 23, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Exquisite writing and unforgettable characters mark this family tragedy set amidst the caste prejudices of India. You'll find this on many critics' Top Ten lists.

Nov 20, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You know you have struck gold from the first paragraph of this exquisite novel. Roy's fertile imagination and sensual, poetic writing style weave colour, smells, sounds and voices into the backdrop of this sometimes beautiful, sometimes agonizing, and always compelling family story. Here is a book that lives up to its lushly appealing lotus-leaved cover.

Jan 21, 2014
  • miranda57 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books I've ever read. The authour's language is brilliant, the descriptions are lush, the children's perspective is spot on. The first time I attempted to read it I was confused but the second time, I stuck with it and found the story is not really that confusing if you just keep reading.... it all comes together beautifully.

My favorite book. I love the style and the bruised beauty, the author's voice and the story just shine for me. I loved it's confused timeline and convoluted pot, which is really surprisingly simple if you break it down.

Don't read if you don't like being confused; read if you like meaningful things.

Jul 26, 2012
  • monishabc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My all time favorite book! I have read it over and over again and still haven't grown tired of it. The adorable twins, Esta and Rahel, will always hold a special place in my heart.

Jun 11, 2012
  • lokiboo262 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book is an intresting stumper that i have com to enjoy.
This book delves into the relationship of rahel and estahappen. the book was moving in the point that the chil;dren are the main influence of the book with the lesson that everything comes around eventually.

Jun 07, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ok....so this is my second attempt at this book. Just couldn't get into it the first time.....a few months ago I think.....now starting it again (April 10, 2012) and finding it wonderful! I was wondering what my problem was with it the first time, but now that I read the other comments, I see that this confusion is widespread! I'm on page 60 (April 11), and hoping to continue to enjoy it. (I have had to go back and skim parts already, it is a bit scattered and I'm trying to get the characters and their places in my head.) Oh!....just read the "Author Notes"......explains alot. I like the part about "developed her intellectual abilities, free from the rules of formal education." Interesting! Finished, Monday, April 16, 2012. I will be reading this again, the language is very poetic, and I think I will enjoy a second read more, as this book starts at the end, and then moves on to the beginning!

Apr 25, 2012
  • erinsnest rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Ok....so this is my second attempt at this book. Just couldn't get into it the first time.....a few months ago I think.....now starting it again (April 10, 2012) and finding it wonderful! I was wondering what my problem was with it the first time, but now that I read the other comments, I see that this confusion is widespread! I'm on page 60 (April 11), and hoping to continue to enjoy it. (I have had to go back and skim parts already, it is a bit scattered and I'm trying to get the characters and their places in my head.) Oh!....just read the "Author Notes"......explains alot. I like the part about "developed her intellectual abilities, free from the rules of formal education." Interesting! Finished, Monday, April 16, 2012. I will be reading this again, the language is very poetic, and I think I will enjoy a second read more, as this book starts at the end, and then moves on to the beginning!

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And so, for practical purposes, in a hopelessly practical world...

Jun 11, 2012
  • lokiboo262 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"she was thirty one not too old, not too young,but a viable dieable age"

Mar 01, 2010
  • ndp21f rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

And truth be told, it was no small wondering matter.
Because Ammu had not had the kind of education, nor read the sorts of people, that might have influenced her to think the way she did.
She was just that sort of animal.

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Jun 11, 2012
  • lokiboo262 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

lokiboo262 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 29

Sep 22, 2009
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Jun 11, 2012
  • lokiboo262 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Through a series of events two one egg twins are seperated by fate and the actions of those around them. They eventually come back and they rekindle their bond somewhat too close for the the comfort of their nosy grand aunt- Baby Kotchama.

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